Chelsea to give Maurizio Sarri one final lifeline before sacking him

Chelsea will consult the club’s senior players after the Europa League final before deciding whether to sack manager Maurizio Sarri or not – even if the side lift the trophy.

Maurizio Sarri | Evening Standard

Although Sarri has guided Chelsea to two finals, as well as a third-place finish in the Premier League, in his maiden campaign in England, he has failed to win over fans with his brand of football.

Such is the disconnect between Sarri and the rest of the club, it has been reported that the board have already decided to part ways.

However, the Daily Mail report that Sarri’s job can still be saved, with his future now in the hands of the notoriously toxic Chelsea dressing room.

The club’s hierarchy want to assess the mood among the players and allow them to air any grievances, with some members of the squad having previously complained about Sarri’s dull training drills – even making them do sessions on the morning of games.

The Italian’s tactical approach has also been questioned, while many players were unhappy with the marginalization of club captain Gary Cahill who will leave Stamford Bridge this summer when his contract expires.

Sarri was asked about his future at his pre-Europa League final press conference on Wednesday and reacted angrily to suggestions that he needs to win the trophy to have any chance of staying at the club.

"If the situation is like this I want to go immediately," the Chelsea boss said. "You cannot do 10 months of work and then I have to play for everything in 90 minutes. "It’s not the right way. You’re either happy about my work or you’re not happy."

Sarri is unlikely to be short of offers should Chelsea pull the trigger and still has plenty of admirers back in Italy, with Juventus considering him as a possible successor to Max Allegri, while Frank Lampard has been mooted as a possible replacement at Stamford Bridge.

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